May 13 2011 9:16am

For the Love of...Vampires!

Before True Blood's Eric Northman, before the Vampire Diaries' Salvatore brothers, before Twilight's Edward—heck, before Interview With The Vampire's Lestat and even Dracula, vampires were a real concern for society. A recent New Scientist article reveals that in 1693, a literary journal called Mercure Galant wrote an article on an outbreak undead corpses in Poland and Russia. The article's author, Pierre Des Noyers (a former secretary to Queen Marie-Louise of Poland) wrote,  “This reviving being… comes out of his grave, or a demon in his likeness, [and] goes by night to embrace his near relations or his friends...“ It then “sucks their blood so much as to weaken and attenuate them, and at last cause their death.”

Science now knows that there are some changes to a corpse that would make it appear as though it were reanimated tissue, but back then, not so much. No wonder everyone was so scared! And yay for creative types finding something fun to do with it.

Doesn't explain the sparkles, though.

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1. Sookie65
Very interesting. I love reading these "Ripley's Believe it or Not" type articles.

However, we all know that Vampires DO NOT SPARKLE!!!! ;))
2. CindyS
My fav snippet of useless information is a fungus or mold that grows on rye can cause hallucinations. One of my profs believed that was one of the ways werewolves, witches and vampire legends came from. If the rye for the village was moldy then a whole village could have visions. Now I have to google it to see if I'm remembering correctly.

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